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Keller Homes Cultivates Timeless Design At Cordera

Keller Homes Cultivates Timeless Design At Cordera

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of posts featuring the Colorado Spring new home builders working in Cordera. Keller Homes has a solid history in Colorado Springs. The locally-owned new home builder has watched hundreds of families grow up in its houses, and has had the privilege of building houses for the children of past clients. With 30 years of home building under its belt, Keller Homes has a reputation for quality and for innovation. The builder consistently introduces new designs and finds creative ways to improve on old construction conventions. Crafting a home “There’s a difference between a home that’s built and a home that’s crafted,” Keller Homes owners say. “We prefer the latter.” Crafting a home means paying careful attention to the details. From design through planning and construction, Keller Homes is thoughtful and deliberate. Whether drawing out a new floor plan, selecting the materials for the construction or hiring the contractors to do the work, there’s a measured and meaningful decision to be made and Keller Homes approaches those decisions with care. Value and inclusions No one likes to look at a model home and feel like the version of it they can afford is inferior. Keller Homes has paid careful attention to the upgrades homebuyers most want and made them a part of the standard home package. That’s why Keller Homes includes as standard a great many of the items most builders have as options. From solid maple cabinets and stainless steal appliances in the kitchen to a fully-finished basement in ranch homes, Keller Homes prides itself on offering clients value. Timeless...
Builder Spotlight: CreekStone Homes Has A Reputation For Design

Builder Spotlight: CreekStone Homes Has A Reputation For Design

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of posts featuring the Colorado Spring new home builders working in Cordera. CreekStone Homes is known for its edgy, modern and livable home designs. Owned by Rhonda McDonald, CreekStone has been building beautiful houses in Colorado Springs for more than 20 years. The company prides itself on being woman-owned, in large part, because that has influenced the way CreekStone homes are designed. A lot of thought goes into making spaces highly functional and beautiful. As a result, the new home builder has grown dramatically over the years. Home design CreekStone Homes has won numerous awards from the local Housing and Building Association. But it has also won national design awards for its bright, sunny and functional floor plans. The builder has created several plans specifically for the Cordera neighborhood with many cul-de-sacs and numerous lots with sweeping mountain views and the ability to add walk-out basements. Quality CreekStone prides itself in building high-quality homes with superior materials and special attention to detail. The company has a reputation for delivering homes built to last and for honoring its home warranties. Pricing CreekStone’s Cordera homes start in the low $300,000 range and include several features that buyers might expect would be upgrades. From beautiful finishes to vaulted ceilings and energy efficiency, CreekStone’s base models don’t need much upgrading. A sense of style More than anything, CreekStone has a reputation for building homes with character. The floor plans flow functionally. But they also come with lots of big windows, open concepts, unique shapes and character-rich details. CreekStone at Cordera CreekStone currently has brand...
Saddletree Homes Crafts Beautiful Semi-Custom Homes

Saddletree Homes Crafts Beautiful Semi-Custom Homes

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of posts featuring the Colorado Springs new home builders working in Cordera. Saddletree Homes consistently wins Parade of Homes awards for craftsmanship, quality and livability, and regularly appears in the People’s Choice selections. There’s a reason for all that recognition. Saddletree Homes has earned its reputation for quality, luxury and livable design and construction. The only semi-custom home builder in Cordera, Saddletree works with homebuyers to build their dream homes. The builder has a vast selection of gorgeous floor plans to choose from and works with clients to customize designs to their specific needs. History Saddletree owner Lee Bolin built his first home from start to finish in 1975. He continued to build custom homes while running his framing business for years in California before deciding he wanted to live in Colorado. By the time Bolin moved his new home construction business to Colorado Springs in 1994, he had a strong team of employees and contractors with him. What’s in a name? Bolin’s daughter showed horses and he became increasingly familiar with the equestrian world at the same time he began building homes. He realized he’d never seen a broken saddle and that even old, beat-up saddles had a genuine and timeless beauty to them. He learned that the saddletree is the wooden support built into fine saddles. He decided Saddletree was the perfect name to embody the quality craftsmanship and timeless artistic beauty that defines his homes. Reputation With more than 45 years of homebuilding experience, comes a certain devotion to quality. Saddletree employs and contracts with some of...
5 Easy Kitchen Upgrades You Can Do In a Weekend

5 Easy Kitchen Upgrades You Can Do In a Weekend

Time for a change in your kitchen? You don’t have to tear the whole thing out and spend thousands on a complete remodel to freshen the space up. We have five great ideas that will make your kitchen feel new and exciting again without sending you to fast food restaurants for weeks and without breaking the bank. If you’re ambitious, you could feasibly do it all in a weekend and start the new week with fresh new culinary headquarters! Including the kitchen sink The kitchen sink can have a big impact on the look and feel of what is arguably the most important room in your home. The fun thing is that it’s not that hard to replace it, especially if it’s mounted on top of your counters. Disconnect the plumbing, pry the old, beat up sink out and put a shiny new one in. Go ahead and indulge in that deep country home double sink you’ve been wanting. As long as the sink fits in the counter space, it can be as deep as you want. You might just have to adjust your plumbing a little. If you don’t want to tear out the whole sink, the faucet is even easier to change and can make an equally big impact. Painting the cabinets This is a bigger undertaking than the sink. But if you have old wood or even laminate cabinetry, painting it a bright white or even modern black is probably the quickest, easiest and most affordable way to give your kitchen the feel of a full makeover. Use 100% latex paint or oil-based paint. This is...
5 Fundamental Rules of Great Interior Design

5 Fundamental Rules of Great Interior Design

Great spaces don’t usually happen by accident. Nor are they purely the product of highly compensated design geniuses – though if you have access to one of those, it never hurts your chances of ending up with an inspired space. Great interior design results from adhering to these 5 fundamental rules. Focus on function When thinking about design, the No. 1 most important rule is to make the space functional. Instead of starting with that pillow you really like for color inspiration, take a step back and think about how you will use the space. Picture the layout that will make your daily life the easiest and use that as the basis for your design. Look critically at design ideas and think about how certain furniture placement or other obstacles could become annoying over time, and eliminate them. It doesn’t matter how pretty a space is. If it’s not functional, the design is fundamentally flawed. Go with the flow Pay close attention to your home’s architecture and work with it rather than against it. Think about angles and what shapes will work well in the space. How will people move through your living area? Use the established sightlines of your home as a guide and assume that people will want to move their bodies in the same directions their eyes go. If you can see a cherry pie on the kitchen counter from the living room, make sure there’s no coffee table to trip over on the way to get a slice. Lighting Before you starting thinking about paint colors, make sure the lighting will allow you to see...
Make Your Fireplace Warm Without A Fire

Make Your Fireplace Warm Without A Fire

When it’s cold and snowy outside, nothing warms a home up like a nice fire in the fireplace. But with the right design, fireplaces can keep a room feeling warm and inviting year-round. The fireplace is often a centerpiece in Colorado homes. It’s not just functional the way a wood stove might have been in our early mountain settlers’ cabins. Fireplaces draw the eye and they become an invitation for you and your guests to gather. So, take advantage of the attention your fireplace gets using these tips for heating up your hearth. Balance contemporary and traditional Is your new Colorado home contemporary with big windows and a fresh feel? Your hearth will stand out and create a warmth and vibrancy when you use some traditional décor to balance the more modern atmosphere. Consider a heavy gold frame featuring a rich oil painting you love. Add some seating If you don’t often use your fireplace or if you have a natural gas insert that won’t sputter embers, consider adding color-coordinated cushions to the hearth for additional guest seating. It ties the fireplace in with the design of the room and expands your living space along with the functionality of your hearth. Camouflage the TV Many of us mount our televisions over the fireplace today. Because both the mantel and the TV tend to be focal points in modern American homes, it’s only natural. But a big TV, especially when it’s turned off isn’t a very artistic addition to the home and it does little for décor. So, consider hiding the television above the mantel in a dynamic cabinet. A...
5 Ways to Reduce Home Energy Use and Lower Utility Bills

5 Ways to Reduce Home Energy Use and Lower Utility Bills

Even though gas prices fell this winter, home energy costs did not. Natural gas and electricity prices have even climbed in Colorado Springs recently. So, how do you keep your bills low even as overall costs increase? Here are five tried and true tricks for reducing your home energy use: Get a home energy audit.  Having an expert evaluate your home and let you know where you’re losing heat and which electronics are draining your checking account is the best way to identify the savings that will matter most. Without an evaluation, you can guess at what’s costing the most, but you might be missing some obvious solutions to big issues you never knew your home had. Insulate.  Whether heating or cooling, losing that perfect air to the outdoors is painful. Many homes in Colorado Springs are not properly insulated, especially older homes. That’s why most energy experts suggest starting with added insulation. It can make dramatic decreases in utility costs and home comfort without a huge upfront investment. Lighten up.  Changing your light bulbs might not seem like it would do much, but the new condensed fluorescent light bulbs and the LEDs often use less than half as much energy as their traditional incandescent cousins. On top of saving power, the new bulbs can run for a decade or two without needing to be replaced. Talk about long-term savings! Unplug.  It’s true that most of the things you plug in don’t draw that much power. But some are energy hogs, and you would be so surprised to find out just how much energy they consume even when they’re...
2015 US Housing Outlook

2015 US Housing Outlook

The year is off to a good start, and it looks like 2015 will continue to see US home sales prices climb while new home construction maintains its highest level since its peak in 2006. CoreLogic, a real estate data company, broadcast very strong predictions in its 2015 US Housing Outlook at the beginning of this year. Crediting strong economic growth and those young millennials coming of home-buying age, CoreLogic predicts that home sales will increase by 9 percent in 2015 and that new home construction will go up by a staggering 14 percent. Millennials While employment increased 2 percent nationally in 2014, the employment rate for millennials, who were born between 1980 and 2000, climbed 3 percent. That means more of the young generation are coming of employment age, but also that recent college grads, who struggled entering the job market during the recession, are finding careers and moving out of their parents’ basements. Since the millennials are an even larger generation than the Baby Boomers, household formation is likely to continue with some gusto as long as the economy continues growing. New home construction More households mean there is a need for more housing. However, that’s not the only factor driving growth of new construction. Styles and tastes have changed over the decades and the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home of the 1980s and earlier isn’t acceptable anymore. New homes have big closets, tall ceilings, nice natural light and functional floor plans designed to make life at home as convenient and comfortable as possible. That’s desirable, especially to the younger generations that largely grew up with a little more...
How Long Does It Take to Build a New Home in Colorado Springs?

How Long Does It Take to Build a New Home in Colorado Springs?

One fantastic thing about building a new home is that it’s all yours, and you get to make the decisions that will make it unique to you and your taste. One of the hardest parts for many who decide to build a brand new house is waiting for moving day. Excitement and anticipation run high during the months it takes for your builder to construct your new home. How long does it take to build new? There are some different answers to this question. We’ll start with the most straightforward. If you choose your floor plan and work with the builder from the very beginning to pick out your lot, design and build, the average build time is about five to eight months in Colorado Springs. That’s a little better than the national average where it takes seven to nine months. Some builders can work faster and some are slower. It depends a lot on how many homes they’re building in the area and how strong their crews are. It also depends on how many buyers they have had. If builders are flooded with new buyers, as they were this past summer, it will typically lengthen the build time. But builders in Colorado Springs have also had a couple strong years that allowed them to hire and retain good teams of people who can handle bigger workloads faster. The advantage of building in a master planned community If you’re choosing a floor plan from a menu of options your builder has already designed, which is the case in most new Colorado Springs communities, your house will go up faster...